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Three students named Wofford Presidential Scholars

Two new Presidential Global Studies Scholarships inaugurated; join 28-year-old Presidential International Scholar program

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President Benjamin B. Dunlap, front, has named David Moore, center, of Spartanburg as the 29th Presidential International Scholar, while selecting Brian McCracken, left, of Anderson, S.C., and Chris Bourean of Easley, S.C., as the inaugural Presidential Global Studies Scholars.

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Three Wofford students have been tapped by President Benjamin B. Dunlap for Presidential Scholarships that involve international travel and study beginning this fall.

David McIlvain Moore of Spartanburg, a triple major in chemistry, mathematics and German and a Richardson Family Scholar – among Wofford’s most prestigious scholarships – has been selected as the 29th Presidential International Scholar. 

Brian Novak McCracken of Anderson, S.C., a double major in government and economics, with a minor in religion, and a member of the varsity track and field team, and Christopher Michael Bourean of Easley, S.C., a double major in biology and finance who plans to attend medical school, have been named the inaugural Presidential Global Studies Scholars. 

“These are three extraordinary individuals, as generously disposed toward others as they are ambitious for themselves,” Dunlap says. “They are among the best we have to offer, but they are also typical of what our students aspire to be. 

“Adding the Presidential Global Studies Scholarships to our already existing Presidential International Scholarship enables us to extend Wofford’s impact abroad,” he continues, “and, because each will return for next year’s spring semester, they will be able to share their experiences on campus directly following their return.” 

Moore, a graduate of Paul M. Dorman High School and son of Bryan and Sun Chai Moore of Spartanburg, has studied abroad in Rome, Berlin and Munich. He also has spent an intensive language Interim in Seoul, Korea. He took first place in a global essay competition in the German Language School in Berlin. He is a tutor and lab assistant; vice president of the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity; and is a self-taught guitarist and trained pianist. Moore has conducted research in nuclear chemistry at the University of Maine and at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He is most interested in studying the development and use of biofuels, especially in South America, during his time as the Presidential International Scholar. He is a Dean’s List student with a near-perfect GPA.

McCracken is a graduate of Westside High School and the son of Bob and Sue McCracken of Anderson. He is a member of the varsity track and field team and made the All-Freshman teams at the Southern Conference indoor and outdoor championships. He was a Boys State Scholar and a Palmetto Fellow. He serves as assistant director of intramurals at Wofford. He has been an intern in the office of U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and in the law offices of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough. He also has been a student assistant on an archaeological dig in Huqoq, Israel, with Dr. Byron McCane, the Albert C. Outler Professor and chair of the department of religion. McCracken also is a vice president of the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity and is clerk of court on the Wofford Judicial Commission. This summer, McCracken will intern with the Ward Law Firm in Spartanburg and plans to attend law school after graduation. His Global Studies research project will focus on “Good Government at the Grassroots,” focusing first on South Africa and then on Botswana, Zimbabwe and Kenya. He also is a Dean’s List student.

Bourean, a graduate of Easley High School and son of Michael and Lisa Bourean of Easley, has pursued multiple internships in medicine – at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, the Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Spartanburg, and the Debakey Summer Surgery Program in Houston. This summer, he will conduct research at Clemson University and will intern with a professor of orthopedic surgery at Brown University in Providence, R.I. Bourean plans to attend medical school and hopes to become involved with health care policy making. He holds a Charles E. Daniel Finalist Academic Scholarship and is both a National Merit Scholar and a Palmetto Fellow. He co-founded the Wofford Residential Sustainability Program and chairs the Math Academy tutoring program. He is a Campus Union delegate and is on the Judicial Commission. He also is a member of the James Investment Fund, an organization that provides Wofford students with real-life financial investment experience. Bourean has logged more than 500 hours of community service while at Wofford. His Global Studies project will be “Developing Health Care in the Developing World,” focusing on such groups as the World Health Organization, Partners in Health and the Acumen Fund in India as a primary destination, followed by shorter periods in South Africa, Brazil and Haiti. Bourean is a Dean’s List student.

The recipient of the innovative Presidential International Scholarship is selected as a student “most likely to be of benefit to humankind.” The program, now in its 28th year, is funded by an anonymous donor. Moore is the 29th scholar because two scholars were chosen in 2006-07. In a change from previous years when the scholar traveled a full academic year – usually the senior year and returning for a fifth year of study at Wofford – the scholar now will travel and study in developing countries for five months during his or her senior year, returning for the spring semester and graduate with their class. Amy Powers of Spartanburg is the current scholar; she returned earlier this month after traveling since fall 2011.

The Presidential Global Studies Scholarships are designed as an opportunity to study the language and culture of one of the world’s most influential nations – Brazil, Russia, India, China, Turkey or South Africa – focusing on a topic of the student’s own choosing.

All of the scholars are expected to share their research in some tangible way when they return to campus, through essays or other scholarly work and/or creative work. They receive academic credit for the travel/study opportunity.